Monday, June 20, 2011

First, thank you ...

Hi, Everyone.  It’s Frank. 

I was honored when Nicole asked me to guest blog for her today.  Let me start by saying that my sister’s blogging shoes are way too big to fill, so I won’t even try.  I’ll just do my best to keep you informed and speak from the heart.

In that spirit, on behalf of our entire family, let me start by saying thank you to everyone who continues to support Nicole, Steve, Steven and all of us during this time.  So many people have offered their prayers, their time, their resources and their talents … and we are forever grateful.

Nicole went into surgery at about 11 a.m., and she was the same pillar of strength, faith, hope and love that she has been through all of this.  Just before the nurses ever-so-patiently asked the small army of supporters she has here to leave so they could transport to the O.R., we were teasing her about the fact that even while being prepped for surgery, she was responding to Facebook posts, texts, etc.  We told her we were going to hack into her Facebook account and posts fake updates from her as if she were awake for the procedure.  Things like:  “Doctors just finished with the first boob” … “these drugs are reeeeeaaaally good” … “Ouch!  Just kidding.  ;o)”  If laughter is the best medicine, please know she got a heavy dose just before heading into surgery.

Everyone we have encountered this morning at the hospital has been wonderful.  Clearly, Nicole is in very good hands.  The surgery is expected to take at least 6 hours, and Jen will give us updates throughout the day.

I will be back again later with updates and additional thoughts.  Until then, know we appreciate all the prayers, love and energy you are sending Nicole today.  Keep ‘em coming!  :o)


  1. Thank you Frank - all of us out here rooting for Nicole really appreciate your updates as guest blogger! :) Keep the faith!

  2. Thank you as well Frank. Your sister has always been a truly wonderful person, and friend to me. I am most sincerely grateful to have her in my life-as a great friend. She is a truly wonderful person, who deserves nothing but happiness, love, and good health, and of course a long and happy life. My thoughts, prayers, love, and positive vibes are with Nicole, and your entire family throughout this journey, and throughout the day today. I also really appreciate your updates as a guest blogger. It means a lot-and is a great comfort in knowing she is in excellent hands. Keep the faith. Your sister's a fighter-but I didn't have to tell you that. ;) LiveStrong Nicole!!!!!! Lots of love-Chrissy

  3. Praying for Nicole and your whole family. Please let your Mom know that my Mom is there too...admitted 5874. Our snack machines don't have mounds...but I will be sure to stop on the way home for mine.

  4. Well just screwed up a few heads oh well can't concentrate. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, my family. Love ya

  5. Thinking of Nicole ALL DAY long.....Thank you for the update.

  6. Thanks Frank! Keep the updates coming and we'll keep the prayers for Nicole and the entire family coming! God Bless.